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Allan

Major League Baseball Commissioner Emeritus

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Bud Selig has presided over a variety of changes in Major League Baseball since 1992. Many of these transitions have been credited for helping to increase the game's popularity.

Frank SesnoExclusively WSB

Anchor and Washington Bureau Chief, CNN (1984-2009) and Director, The George Washington University's School of Media & Public Affairs

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A renowned journalist who has covered some of the world’s biggest events and most consequential leaders, Frank Sesno has a reputation for fairness and integrity that few can match.

Rajiv Shah, M.D.Exclusively WSB

President, The Rockefeller Foundation; Administrator, United States Agency for International Development (2010-2015); Under Secretary of Agriculture for Research, Education and Economics and Chief Scientist, United States Department of Agriculture (2009-2010); Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (2001-2009)

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Dr. Rajiv Shah has been a tireless and dedicated leader, committed to advancing the missions of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United States Department of Agriculture. Serving alongside some of the most innovative leaders in the world, navigating major natural disasters and man-made crises, Dr. Shah has successfully delivered results and lived up to USAID’s goal of partnering to end extreme poverty and to promote resilient, democratic societies while advancing security and prosperity. From developing infrastructure to igniting power in Africa, to empowering people around the world with skills and opportunities, Dr. Shah has reshaped and re-envisioned a government agency to tackle even the most intractable challenges.

Alex Sheen

Founder of Because I Said I Would

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Because I said I would is a social movement and nonprofit dedicated to the betterment of humanity through promises made and kept. Their goal is to build a community of people who are driven to help others through the strength of determination.

Wendy Sherman

Under Secretary for Political Affairs, U.S. Department of State (2011–2015); Global Affairs Contributor, NBC News and MSNBC; Founding Partner and Senior Counselor, The Albright Stonebridge Group; and Harvard Professor

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A sought-after advisor on international risk management, Wendy Sherman guides organizations through the pros and cons of today’s ever-changing geopolitical landscape and helps them mitigate exposure to potential problems that parlays into sound business decisions.

Mark ShieldsExclusively WSB

Political Analyst, PBS NewsHour and Syndicated Columnist

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One of the most respected political analysts and “frequently the most trenchant, fair-minded, and thoughtful,” according to The Wall Street Journal, Mark Shields entertains and informs audiences with his incisive analysis of American politics and policy.

Alan SimpsonExclusively WSB

Co-founder, the Campaign to Fix the Debt; Former Co-chair, National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (2010) and Respected Republican Leader

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A trusted bipartisan leader to whom President Obama turned with Erskine Bowles, President Emeritus of North Carolina University, to co-chair America's debt reduction commission, Alan Simpson provides his candid views on politics, the economy and the hard and tough choices that lie ahead for America's leaders.

Scotty Smiley

First Blind Active Duty Officer in Military History; Author, Hope Unseen

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After losing his eyesight while serving in Iraq, Scotty Smiley's life is proof that hope in the face of adversity can conquer all obstacles. He went on to become the first blind active duty officer in the military, the author of the book Hope Unseen, receive an MBA from Duke, build a career in finance, win the Macarthur Leadership Award and the ESPN ESPY award, and become an IronMan.

Patti Solis Doyle

Political Commentator, CNN

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A daughter of Mexican immigrants who worked her way up from one of Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods to serve as a top advisor to Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and Joe Biden, Patti Solis Doyle is a campaign strategist, known for her candor and humor, with extraordinary insight into presidential campaigns, the rise of women and minorities in politics and issues affecting Hispanic Americans.

Ben Stein

Economist; Longtime Columnist for The Wall Street Journal, Barrons and The New York Times; Speech Writer and Aide for Presidents Nixon and Ford; Emmy-winning Television Gameshow Host; Commentator for CBS News, Fox News and CNN and Award-winning Commentator on Finance

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Renaissance man Ben Stein melds deadpan humor and serious insights on the economy and human nature in talks that leave people laughing and thinking.

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